Politics

White House points fingers on Iraq mistakes.

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Investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, “The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008,” looks at the Bush administration’s review of the Iraq war in October 2006, which “did not include military participants and proceeded secretly because of White House fears that news coverage of a review might damage Republican chances in the midterm congressional elections.” Members of the White House are already starting to separate themselves from their Iraq policies, pointing the blame at each other:

“Let’s cut to the chase. Hadley drove a lot of this.” — President Bush, “The War Within

— “I reported to the President on the progress of the review on a daily basis — where things stood, what ideas were emerging — and received direction from the President. President Bush drove the process to conclusion and made a tough decision.” — National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, 9/5/08

The White House has so far refused to deny that it has been spying on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.